Benno Schmidt moderates this program with historians Joseph J. Ellis and Sean Wilentz as they discuss James Madison's enormous, but often overlooked contributions in American history.
Join us for a riveting discussion of America’s preeminent first couple, whose story is equal parts biography, political history, and love story. In more than 50 years of political and personal partnership, John and Abigail Adams strategized over civic and foreign affairs as often as they discussed their children. Their remarkable connection is epitomized in words he wrote to her after his election to the presidency: “I can do nothing without you.” Joseph J.
In this program, celebrated biographer Ron Chernow sits down with Stacy Schiff and brings to life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods, shattering the stereotype of Washington as a stolid, unemotional man. Chernow also describes a canny political genius who shaped the new federal government and inspired a new nation.
Through the analysis of past cases, Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer examines the Court’s role as guardian of the Constitution.
Three experts discuss the Supreme Court’s failure to protect equal rights during the pivotal years following the Civil War.
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration, celebrated biographer Robert Dallek, in conversation with Bob Herbert, examines the trials and tribulations Kennedy faced during his political career.
Historian Andrew Roberts discusses his new comprehensive history of World War II, The Storm of War.
Three experts draw back the curtain of the United States Supreme Court to provide an insider’s look at one of the most influential and distinguished justices of the 20th century: William J. Brennan, Jr.
A century and a half after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter to ignite the Civil War, leading historians examine the causes of the conflict.
Michael Korda, Henry Kissinger and Adam Gopnik discuss the life of T. E. Lawrence—separating fact from legend—and examine the impact of Lawrence’s activities on modern politics in the Middle East and on world history.